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Can we give grace for poor service?

What does everyday grace look like? Do you give grace when the waitress gets your order wrong? Do you give grace when someone cuts you off in traffic? Do you give grace when you receive poor service?

Grace is underserved favor. It’s a term that is used a lot in Christian circles. We talk about God’s grace for us. But when we need to give underserved favor to someone else, it’s hard. When someone doesn’t deserve our kindness, it’s much harder to give.

I’ve been praying and asking God to help me give grace to others. I should know that if I pray that kind of prayer – a test will be given to see if I really mean it.

Yikes! God did give me a test! I didn’t do very well. I think I got a C.

On Friday I went to my hairdresser. We have good discussions about God and she is learning about God’s love. I went in for a root touch up. However, when I returned from the sink I was shocked to see that my hair was much darker than I expected!

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I was disappointed because I’m not really a risk taker when it comes to my hair. I like the change to be subtle, a change that only my family and close friends would notice. I chatted with my hairdresser as she styled it and she assured me that the darkness would fade. She told me I could come in on Tuesday if I didn’t like it and she would do something.

I went home with my dark hair. But every time I looked in the mirror I was surprised and I said, “it’s so dark”. My husband and children were very supportive and that helped.

I thought about my new hair color a lot those first 2 days. I thought about it too much. I was sure everyone who looked at me would notice the big change. (surprisingly hardly anyone noticed or commented) Guess I’m not that important after all. Tee hee!

I was pretty sure that I would call on Tuesday and complain. I would get her to do something to lighten it up. It was within my rights as a paying customer to get better service and she told me to call if I didn’t like it. My family said it would be ok to go back and complain.

But God reminded me that I wanted to learn grace. This was my opportunity to give undeserved favor to my hairdresser. This was my test, could I do it?

On Monday morning I read my devotional book by Oswald Chambers. There was one paragraph that seemed to written just for me.

“Is my life exhibiting the essence of the sweetness of the Son of God, or just the basic irritation of myself? No matter how difficult something may be, I must say, ‘Lord, I am delighted to obey You in this.’ The moment you obey the light of God, His Son shines through you in that very adversity.”

Wow, this was my opportunity to exhibit the sweetness of God or just focus on myself and my wants.

This was my test, could I give grace? Could I be obedient?

I decided to keep my darker colour. I wanted to have a different reaction than other customers; I wanted my Christianity to make my response different. So I gave her grace – undeserved favor, she didn’t even know. But I do and so does God!

When I look in the mirror it will be a prompt. I will thank God for His grace for me and I will thank Him for teaching me. I think I will smile too at my Heavenly Father’s sense of humor.

TODAY’S little STEP: Be sensitive to God’s leading in your life. Watch for opportunities to display everyday grace to the people you come in contact with. But, be careful. You may get a test real soon!

Just for your information the darkness did fade and I really have grown to like the new colour.

This is a post from last year that really encouraged me when I reread it this week. Hope it encourages you to show grace too!

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Favourite quotes and pictures!

Here are some of your favorite quotes and pictures from this last year.  Save them to a Pinterest board.

Or you can make them the background for your phone or computer.

Pick your favourites and put them where you will see them!

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Drink water it’s your body’s bff

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This next one is my one of my favourite quotes and

I am the author!

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I just had to raise my arms in praise to our Great God!

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This quote sums up how I have made lifestyle changes!

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This next quote applies to friends that want to lose weight for a special event.

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Let’s put this next quote near the bathroom scale!

A number does not define my self worth

Repeat this next statement often!

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TODAY’S little STEP:  Pick your favourite quotes and put them where you will see them!  Remember every little step makes a difference!

 

Happy 2nd Anniversary!

My life is crazy! But crazy in a good way! This last weekend we celebrated my daughter Katie’s graduation from University with family and friends.

Don and I also celebrated our 32nd wedding anniversary! How time really does fly!

We spent the whole weekend at the Elliott Lake House!

I reviewed the stats. from last year and found some of the most read posts.

Just click on the link and review some of your favorites!

 

Post Favorites

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What she did to triumph and get healthy!

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Every little step makes a difference!

Best use of 10 minutes of my crazy life!

THE BEST EVER 21 NON-FOOD REWARDS

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1 sneaky trick to lose weight

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21 non-food rewards for you!

21 UNIQUE AND CHEAP NON-FOOD REWARDS

Recipes

 

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Delightful pina colada yogurt, too yummy to be healthy?

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Cinnamon maple chickpea nut – snack hack!

 

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BEST NEW DESSERT RECIPE OF THE SUMMER!

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EASY KALE SUMMER SALAD

TODAY’S little STEP: Reread your favorite posts. Keep taking little steps of imperfect progress!

The proven way to win and beat temptations and triggers!

We can’t avoid the stress in our lives. Those triggers and temptations will always be part of life.

The good news is that we can change our response!

My friend had a terrible day at work. Customers were nasty. A coworker didn’t show up and they had to work short.

Then to top it all off her new supervisor had a power trip and yelled at her. What a shift!

A big chocolate bar was just the treat she needed to calm her nerves and reward herself for a hard day.

But she said she had one of those of clarity of thought moments. “I realized that the chocolate bar was not a treat. It would sabotage by healthy eating plan and add unnecessary calories. It would also weaken my resolve – that one chocolate bar would make it easy to continue overeating for the rest of the day. I walked out of the store without the chocolate bar! I won!”

She told about her breakthrough at our weekly support group and we all cheered for her. Then she said, “I found my verse! I found the verse I am going to use when I am triggered or tempted to eat for emotional reasons.”

Her verse, “ And let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap of harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up”. Galatians 6:9 New Living Translation

She said, “ I’m not going to give up on this healthy eating plan. If I keep it up it will make a difference. I’ll lose weight and be healthier and that will be my harvest of blessing”.

That is my challenge to you today – find a verse you can use when you are triggered or tempted to eat for emotional reasons.

God’s Words have power!

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Jesus used scripture when Satan tempted him. Satan is no match for the powerful truth of God’s Word!  

So we are going to follow Jesus’ lead. When we want to choose food for reasons other than hunger, we’ll claim the same power as Jesus did!

My power verse is “But as for me, I am filled with power, with the spirit of the LORD, and with justice and might”. Micah 3:8 When I meditate on this verse I realize that amazing power is available to me. Power that I need to access!  

TODAY’S little STEP: Find a power verse to claim when triggered or tempted! Write it out on a card or put it on your phone or computer. Gods’ words have power! 

Here are a few good verses. 

Finally, be strong in the Lord and His mighty power. Ephesians 6:10

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

Yet in all things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. Romans 8:37

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. Psalm 28:7

Fear not for I am with you; be not dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

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Best use of 10 minutes of my crazy life!

Do you feel busier than ever? Is your stress level high and your energy level low? Can you carve out 10 minutes of your crazy life that will reduce your stress, increase your metabolism, lower your blood pressure and improve your mood?

What is the mystery 10-minute activity? It’s exercise!

Our number 1 excuse is that we don’t have enough time to exercise.

But what if I told you there is good scientific research stating that as little as 10 minutes of exercise makes a difference?

That’s good news!

Good news because we all have 10 minutes in our day for a little bit of exercise.

“This is a simple message – just a small amount of physical activity each day could have substantial health benefits. Physical activity should be an important part of our daily life.” Professor Ulf Ekelund, head of a research team at Cambridge University.

Just a nice stroll makes a difference!

“When overweight or obese, sedentary women walked 10 minutes a day at a low speed, comparable to a stroll in the Mall, they increased their peak oxygen consumption – a measure of cardiovascular fitness – by 4.2 percent compared to women who stayed on the sidelines’, says Dr. Timothy Church, director of Preventive Medicine Research at Louisiana State.

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Every little step makes a difference! littlestepstohealth.ca

One of my best stress reducers is a brisk walk. My husband Don and I walk outside in the nice weather.

In the cold of winter we walk in the Mall.

When I don’t walk with Don, I do Leslie Sansone’s walking DVDs.

I own dozens of them, from beginner 1 mile to advanced 5-mile walks. Leslie is in her forties and a great encourager.

There are no crazy dance steps, just walking steps.

She has real women like us walk with her. She has posted quite a few of her walks on YouTube.

Click on this link for a beginner walk.

If walking is difficult, then try some chair exercises.

I recommend Anne Burnell. Her programs improve strength, flexibility, energy and coordination and are all done in a chair.

Click on this link to see her video, which is about 8 minutes long.

With a few clicks on our computer or smart phone we will be all set and ready for a little bit of exercise.

This is another post you might like from August.  Find the fun activity that is best for you.

Today’s little step: Find 10 minute periods in your day to move your body. Find an activity you enjoy and do it!

Remember our core scripture verse. “And let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up”. Galatians 6:9 New Living Translation 

There’s not really any secret to getting healthy. It’s a lot of little steps!

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Be brazen and kiss the bathroom scale goodbye!

Did you know there is a device that defines your self worth and can predict the future? For a mere 35 dollars you can buy this electronic device at Wal-Mart.

There are special instructions that must be followed carefully.

After your shower, while still undressed, step on the device and then look down.

A number will appear.

Your brain will instantly process that number and your self worth will correspond to the number.

If the number is higher than the last time you stepped on, your self worth will be registered as low.

Your day will start off bad and you will likely feel lousy all day.

There is a good chance you will eat high fat or high salt foods throughout the day.

If the number is lower than the last time you stepped on your self worth will be registered as high.

Your day will start off good and you will feel wonderful all day.

You will choose healthy foods throughout your day.

Why do we let a stupid number on the bathroom scale, have so much power?

It’s crazy that we let it define our self worth and predict how our day will unfold.

All that number does is tell you how much your body weighs at that moment.

That number does not reflect much about your true health. It doesn’t say anything about the little steps you are taking to be healthy.

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*The  bathroom scale doesn’t observe other changes in your health: that you are sleeping better, have more energy, are less moody, feel stronger and have fewer cravings.

*The scale doesn’t reveal that you are exercising everyday and have a healthier heart and more endurance.

*The scale doesn’t take into account that you ate a meal the night before that contained a lot of salt and you are retaining water.

*The scale doesn’t recognize that you are a woman and that your monthly cycle affects the number.

*The scale doesn’t identify that you have lost fat and replaced it with muscle.

*The scale can’t detect that your clothes are looser because you have lost inches.

*The scale doesn’t perceive that your body is well hydrated and nourished.

*The bathroom scale doesn’t know that you are smart, creative, loving, nurturing, fun, attractive and sexy!

A stupid number on the bathroom scale does not define our value; it’s time to take back the power!

Instead of using the bathroom scale to define our progress on our health journey, try this idea.

Use a pair of non-stretch jeans as your guide; ones that fit well and you wear regularly. Try them on once a week and check the fit.

If they feel just right then keep making and maintaining those little changes.

A little snug, then make a few more little changes.

Can’t do the zipper up, it’s probably hormonal, try again in a few days. When they start to get loose keep up the good work.

Another idea is to get out your measuring tape and measure your chest, waist, hips and thighs. Record the results.

Then once every two weeks re-measure.

Or take a picture, while wearing a tight fitting outfit.

Then once every 2 weeks take another picture and compare.

TODAY’S little STEP: Put the  bathroom scale away for a while. Choose to use the measurements, the jeans or the picture as the tool that will assess our progress.

Remember you are a beautiful beloved daughter of the King and He establishes your value!

Check out my bonus daughter in law’s new blog post on the exact same topic! https://eatreal4life.com/2017/03/13/losing-your-scale-is-the-weigh-to-happiness/

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WHY WE FAIL WITH WEIGHT LOSS & 4 EASY SOLUTIONS.

Why do we fail with our weight loss plans? Did you know there are scientific reasons why we fail?

But there’s hope and scientific strategies for success!

James Clear is a writer, teacher and keynote speaker.

His focus is behavioral psychology, habit formation and performance improvement.

Wow, that’s someone that knows the science behind our troubles. I’ve visited his site James Clear and give him the credit for the first three points. 

WHY DO WE FAIL?

We fail because we set unrealistic goals. We try to change too many things.

We give up all junk food; eat only fresh fruit and vegetables and chicken and fish.

Then one day there is fresh pizza at the office meeting and the temptation is too strong. We give in and eat a piece and then have a few more. We feel like a failure because we ate pizza, which is not the truth!

The new eating plan is thrown away with the empty pizza box. 

SOLUTION?

Behavioural scientists suggest we change only 3 habits at a time. Three small changes that are easy to do and that we can stick with.

Here at little steps to health we make small changes. We change just a few habits. We downsize the plate we use at each meal or snack. We exercise for 10 minutes. We say a healthy self-talk statement with prayer.

WHY DO WE FAIL?

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We fail because we are seeking a result, not a lifestyle.

My co-worker wanted to lose 30 pounds before her daughter’s wedding. She dieted and exercised for months.

She looked great that warm June day. She reached her goal!

Once she reached her goal and the wedding was over, she slowly went back to her old habits and behaviors.

When I saw her at the Christmas party I noticed she had gained back most of the weight. It wasn’t a lifestyle change.

SOLUTION?

Lifestyle changes are changes that result in better health! Some of the side effects are weight loss, increased stamina, vitality and self confidence.

The changes we make need to be easy to do and things we can continue doing.

Lifestyle changes continue because being healthy for life is the goal! 

WHY DO WE FAIL?

We fail because we assume small changes don’t add up. The assumption is that your goal has to be big to make a difference.

Every January we make a plan to go to the gym or start jogging everyday. That seems like the best way to burn calories and get in shape.

We think that if we’re not sweating and out of breath it’s not making a difference.

SOLUTION?

Believe that small changes make a difference! It may seem silly to make a goal to exercise for 10 minutes every day.

However, we know 10 minutes does make a difference to our health.

Further, the 10 minutes of exercise is something we can stick with even on a super busy day.

When 10 minutes everyday becomes a habit, and part of our lifestyle we can gradually add a few more minutes.

Find an  activity that’s fun  and get moving! 

WHY WE FAIL?

We fail because as followers of Jesus we don’t access His power.

SOLUTION?

We need to call out to Jesus in prayer. Remember we are His beloved daughters and He loves to hear from us. We can tell Him the depth of our struggles.

We need to use the power of scripture to help us in our daily battles with food.

 

TODAY’S little STEP: Believe little changes make a difference! Lifestyle changes bring health for life!

Remember every mountain is climbed one step at a time!

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